Paula Snowden has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of the Problem Gambling Foundation replacing Graeme Ramsey who has headed the organisation for over eight years.
As CEO of the Quit Group Charitable Trust and Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Alcohol Advisory Council of New Zealand (ALAC), Paula will bring to the Foundation a wealth of experience in addictions.
She is currently General Manager of Raukawa Whanau Ora Ltd and has previously worked for the Accident Compensation Corporation and Housing New Zealand after public service in several Government departments.
Chair of the Problem Gambling Foundation Board, Richard Northey, says the Foundation is delighted to welcome Paula to the team.
“We are looking forward to having Paula on board and continuing the work to free New Zealand from gambling harm.”
Paula will start her induction on 5 December and then take on the CEO responsibilities in January 2017.
Graeme Ramsey will leave the Problem Gambling Foundation at the end of January 2017 to travel to Ghana for 12 months with his wife Josie to run an English charity (www.ghanameetmethere.com).
Prior to that Paula was Director of Community Relations at the Accident Compensation Corporation and a member of the Executive Leadership Team. Before ACC, Paula was General Manager in charge of a number of social housing programmes at Housing New Zealand, including social services housing development and assistance, substandard housing in rural areas and home ownership for modest income families.
She has extensive experience at the Alcohol Advisory Council where as Deputy Chief Executive she was principally responsible for ALAC's social marketing programme. Paula has had a number of policy roles including in the Ministry of Women’s Affairs and the Ministry of Maori Development.
Paula is a member of the Board of the Smokefree Coalition and is on the Board of Unicef New Zealand and the Unicef Children’s Foundation. Paula’s tribal affiliations are Ngapuhi.